Jonathan Kellerman

Using his experience as a paediatric psychologist, Kellerman has written a series of shocking but riveting novels that began with When the Bough Breaks. They feature Dr Alex Delaware, who shares his creator’s profession and, although semi-retired, takes patients referred to him by Milo Sturgis, the only openly gay member of the LAPD . Alex’s speciality lies in believing damaged children who have been betrayed by adults. The most involving of the series is Over the Edge, in which a disturbed teenager is driven to the brink of psychosis. Critics have accused Kellerman of creating an unrealistic hero in Delaware but he has his flaws.

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